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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE August 24, 2020

Top Story

Penalty Flag Thrown on EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted August 23, 2020

We’re just going to have to throw the penalty flag on EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The only real question is whether it’s for delay of game or intentional grounding. We might have to take a look at the replay again. Wheeler’s penalty could be upgraded to targeting. For crop farmers and the biofuels industry, the call is at least a personal foul at this point. [ read more … ]

SREs

Trump Administration still missing mark on biofuels

By Jacqui Fatka, FeedStuffs  •    •  Posted August 23, 2020

It was nearly a year ago when farmers’ cries started getting louder demanding that President Donald Trump and his Administration stand up for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and defend the interests of biofuels over big oil. Fast forward to today, and the biofuel industry has been struck with not only an extreme drop in fuel demand in 2020 but also ongoing uncertainty over the RFS.
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Keep it 100

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted August 23, 2020

 EPA’s online dashboard shows the agency has now received nearly 100 petitions for small refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard mandates dating back to 2011. Since June, EPA has received two new petitions for each of 2011 and 2012, three new petitions for each of 2013, 2014 and 2015, plus one more for 2016. That brings the number of requests for the so-called gap year petitions to 65, and the total number of pending waiver requests to 98. [ read more … ]

Trade

Members of Congress Press Lighthizer on Brazilian Ethanol Trade

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted August 23, 2020

A group of federal lawmakers is asking United States’ lead trade representative to push Brazil to either eliminate its ethanol-import tariffs or face retaliation, in a letter sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Thursday. Time is running out on Brazil’s current ethanol tariff on some U.S. ethanol imports and there is a pending threat to set a new tariff on all of those imports. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan House Coalition Joins White House, RFA in Demanding Level Playing Field with Brazil

By Ken Colombini, RFA  •    •  Posted August 21, 2020

With just two weeks remaining before Brazil is likely to impose a tariff of at least 20 percent on all fuel ethanol imports from the United States, a bipartisan coalition of House members has joined the effort to restore fair and equitable ethanol trade with Brazil. In a letter sent Thursday to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, 20 members of the House implored the Administration to ensure that “creating a level playing field for U.S. ethanol be a high priority during bilateral trade negotiations.” [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Biden vows climate action in first speech as nominee

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted August 23, 2020

Joe Biden cloaked himself in the language of climate activists and union workers Thursday night as he delivered one of the most important speeches of the 2020 election. Accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, Biden cast the election as a choice between creating clean energy jobs and pursuing environmental justice, or succumbing to the “existential threat” of climate change. [ read more … ]

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